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    • Sansom and Juniper streets on July 3, after the water main broke

Why does it take so long to upgrade Philly’s water infrastructure? Here's an explanation

When a broken water main sent 15 million gallons surging into Center City streets, public attention was riveted by scenes of pedestrians sloshing along and a cave-in that threatened to swallow…

    • A temporary No Parking sign says street work is schedule from 1/10/18 to T.B.D.

Residents wait wearily as Water Dept. takes months to replace sewers and mains

On the 2300 block of South Mole Street, a temporary “No Parking” sign is stapled to a telephone poll, banning cars during street work scheduled between “1/10/18” and “T.B.D.” As in,…

    • A proposed water rate hike would increase the average water bill by less than $8 per month. (Kelpfish/Bigstock)

On tap for Philadelphia: higher water bills and unhappy home, biz owners

On Tuesday evening, some 30 people gathered in a church basement to hear the Philadelphia Water Department explain why they could soon be paying more to keep their faucets flowing. Speaking…

    • Preliminary sketch of the proposed Temple on-campus football stadium. (Temple University)

Temple stadium moves forward, despite neighborhood opposition

Temple University announced today that it is taking the next step forward on a controversial 35,000 seat stadium in the heart of North Philadelphia. The university plans to file proposals to…

    • Industrial erosion in the North District, from the preliminary draft of North District Plan

January 3: Water main burst uptick | Blatstein sells half of waterfront site | 1K used Uber NYE

Philadelphia has seen a “significant increase in call volume over the past couple of weeks related to broken service lines, frozen service lines and broken water mains” due to the…

    • treetrash

January 2: Not so fast bridge replacement | Carpenter Lane love | 2017 narratives, mapped

Greetings. Welcome to 2018. Roughly 30 percent of the bridges under the Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement Project are "unbuilt after the target date," PMN's Joseph N. DiStefano reports. DiStefano looks…

    • A lone rower cruised under the setting sun

Lacking federal support, rowing community turns to its own to fund much needed dredge

The Schuylkill River needs to be dredged. From the neoclassical Fairmount Water Works down to Route 1’s modernist Twin Bridges, the river bed has been slowly rising, bringing with it a…

    • Food waste disposer

City explores ways to transform commercial food waste into renewable energy

Everytime you throw scraps of vegetables or leftover food into your garbage disposal, the organic matter gets liquefied and transported through Philadelphia’s sewage system to water pollution control plants, where they’re…

    • Water main replacement at S. Carlisle St. in South Philadelphia

Neighbors in River Wards convene panel of experts over lead poisoning concerns

Concerned by recent reports on the dangers of lead poisoning from contaminated soil, dust, and old plumbing, residents in Fishtown and Kensington organized a panel of experts to discuss ways of…

    • Manuel Ortiz said he was not notified of the water main replacement happening in his block in North Philadelphia.

Philadelphia’s building boom gives rise to another hidden lead risk

About five years ago, doctors found high levels of lead in the blood on Manuel Ortiz’s oldest son. Ortiz and his wife were scared. And surprised: Manuel Jr. acted like a…

    • Next Rotem will build 75 rail cars for Boston's MBTA and 56 rail cars for Denver's transit system

The way SEPTA buys equipment is sluggish and outdated, but fixing it means compromise

Last week PlanPhilly reported that SEPTA is expected to award a contract to build bilevel railcars for service on regional rail lines. Today Jim Saksa takes a step back to explain…

    • 31st and Market SEPTA elevator rendering, March 2017 Art Commission

New elevators for SEPTA's 30th Street trolley and El station

Big changes are coming to 30th Street Station. The ambitious Schuylkill Yards project will transform the area, and SEPTA has plans to refurbish one of its busiest stations in tandem with…

    • I-95 construction, 2016 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

PennDOT Secretary hopes to connect the planning dots with new initiative

PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards is a planner, in the professional sense of the word. That slightly unusual fact—most of her predecessors had traffic engineering backgrounds—helps explain her excitement for the…

    • Boardwalk Construction on Schuylkill Banks

What does Trump’s infrastructure executive order mean? No one really knows.

Somewhat lost among the flurry of executive orders signed by President Donald Trump last week was one “expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects”.  Some infrastructure…

    • Route 47

SEPTA bus and trolley ridership down, even before city transit strike

Like so many others, SEPTA had a rough 2016. Fiscal Year 2016, that is, which ended June 30th—before the Silverliner V crisis sidelined a third of its Regional Rail fleet and…

    • Grays Ferry Swing Bridge | (c) Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

Public feedback sought on on Schuylkill River Swing Bridge project

Joe Syrnick is entering the New Year swinging for the bridges. At a public feedback open house about the Grays Ferry Swing Bridge this Thursday, Schuylkill River Development Corporation’s President said…

    • Accidental protected bike lane at East Market development

Bill seeks more protection for pedestrians during sidewalk closures

At the last City Council session of the year, Councilwoman Helen Gym introduced a bill, cosponsored by Councilman Mark Squilla, to bolster pedestrian safety requirements at construction sites that impede sidewalks.…

    • Satellite photo showing proposed Midvale CHP site in relation to other SEPTA facilities

Environmentalists boo as SEPTA Board OKs natural gas power plant in Nicetown

SEPTA’s monthly board meeting ended in contained chaos Thursday afternoon as a small cadre of environmental activists protested the board’s authorization of a proposed natural gas cogeneration plant near the Midvale…

    • TWU Local 234 workers rally Friday night and distribute strike signs for the picket lines (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

Deviated SEPTA: As Nov. 1 transit strike deadline nears, still no deal

Negotiations between SEPTA and its largest union continued over the weekend but accord on a new labor contract remained elusive as Monday’s midnight deadline to avert a strike inched hours closer.…

    • Bend it like Benjamin | Convicted Melon
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